Visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes that fit dolls of many shapes and sizes. This image is used in a blog post that answers the question, "What is a seam allowance used for?" The image shows the seam at the shoulder of a doll's shirt from the underside of the garment.

Sewing Tip Tuesday: What is a seam allowance used for? #DollBlogger @ChellyWood1 @ ChellyWood.com

A seam allowance is a bit of extra room that’s given along the edge of a pattern, to allow for the sewist to include seams in a garment and still have it fit the doll properly. Think of it like this… When you’re driving a car, there’s a curb (spelled kerb in some countries) that gives you a little extra sway room at the sides … Continue reading Sewing Tip Tuesday: What is a seam allowance used for? #DollBlogger @ChellyWood1 @ ChellyWood.com

Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns and tutorials. The image shows a Spin Master Liv doll fashion doll wearing an apron and standing beside her sewing machine. Beside her is a handmade doll dress on a 1:6 scale dress form mannequin and in the foreground, it says, "How to use a needle threader" with an arrow pointing to a cameo-style needle threader tool used by seamstresses and sewists. The URL provided on the image is chellywood.com.

Sewing Tip Tuesday: How to use a needle threader for #handcrafted #DollClothes using @DritzSewing threaders

In spite of the tiny sewing machine that often appears in my doll clothes tutorial videos, I actually sew a lot of my doll clothes by hand. I find that hand stitching gives you greater control when sewing tiny items. If you’re ever struggling with a sleeve or zipper attachment, I recommend switching from your sewing machine to sewing by hand. It may actually save … Continue reading Sewing Tip Tuesday: How to use a needle threader for #handcrafted #DollClothes using @DritzSewing threaders

The image shows a 1:6 scale sash worn by an Ever After High doll (same size as a Monster High doll), and the sash has the following words embroidered on it: "Votes for Women." The overlay says, "DIY 1:6 scale suffrage sash" and the image also offers the URL of the website where you can find this easy-to-sew project for kids or grown-ups to make: ChellyWood.com (creative commons attribution mark is shown as well, which means you must tell people where you found this video tutorial).

In 2020 we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the USA #suffrage #votes4women #embroidery

Today’s video tutorial will show you how to make a “Votes for Women” sash for your 1:6 scale dolls. The following additional tutorials will likely help you with this sewing and embroidery project: Couching stitch (embroidery) How to attach bias tape Whipstitch Backstitch How to sew snaps on fabric If you’re looking for a fun project that teaches a child or a beginning sewist how … Continue reading In 2020 we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the USA #suffrage #votes4women #embroidery

Image shows a caucasian person's fingers holding fabric that has been decorated with an array of bright-colored flowers. Overlay says, "How to Buy Fabric" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com

Tips for Buying Fabric for Sewing Doll Clothes on #BlackFriday — Let’s #Shop for #SewingSupplies!

It’s Black Friday here in the US, so what better day to re-post my video tutorial on How to Shop for Fabric when sewing doll clothes? As you know, I’ve been posting free printable doll clothes PDF sewing patterns and linking to old tutorial videos so you can make this 18″ doll’s clothing ensemble, which makes a fantastic Christmas gift for any little girl who … Continue reading Tips for Buying Fabric for Sewing Doll Clothes on #BlackFriday — Let’s #Shop for #SewingSupplies!

The image shows a smartphone with a doll clothes pattern shown on the screen. The overlay says "how to find" and this image accompanies a blog post and video tutorial showing you how to navigate ChellyWood.com a website that offers lots of free printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

How to Find Free Doll Clothes Patterns Online: Smartphone or Tablet Method

This website is best known for its free, printable sewing patterns for doll clothes. It also offers free printable sewing patterns for craft projects and free tutorial videos for embroidery. (Click those links for easy access.) Today’s tutorial is designed to help you navigate ChellyWood.com’s new layout, using your mobile device (tablet, smartphone, etc.). If you’re more comfortable using a desktop or laptop computer, please … Continue reading How to Find Free Doll Clothes Patterns Online: Smartphone or Tablet Method

This image shows a laptop computer open to a printable PDF of a doll clothes pattern. The overlay says "How to Find" and the title of the video that accompanies this YouTube video header is "How to find free doll clothes patterns online." This tutorial video will show you how to navigate ChellyWood.com, one of the most comprehensive doll clothes pattern websites on the Internet, offering free printable doll clothes patterns for dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

How to Find Free Doll Clothes Patterns Online: Laptop or Desktop Method

This website is best known for its free, printable sewing patterns for doll clothes. It also offers free printable sewing patterns for craft projects and free tutorial videos for embroidery. (Click those links for easy access.) Today’s tutorial is designed to help you navigate ChellyWood.com’s new layout, using your desktop or laptop computer. If you’re more comfortable using a cell phone / smartphone / tablet … Continue reading How to Find Free Doll Clothes Patterns Online: Laptop or Desktop Method

Image shows a little doll seated at her sewing machine. Behind her is a doll-sized ironing board. Her tiny, pale blue coffee cup sits at the ready near her sewing machine. The overlay says, "ChellyWood.com free printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes."

How to Sew a Shirt Collar w/ Professor Pincushion #FridayFollow

Today’s video tutorial is not my own, but it is used with permission. It was made by Professor Pincushion. On YouTube, you can find helpful links in the description of this video, including links to the patterns you could use to make the shirt shown in the video. If you haven’t heard of Professor Pincushion, you should really navigate over to her website. She offers … Continue reading How to Sew a Shirt Collar w/ Professor Pincushion #FridayFollow

The image shows a dress form with a quilted look all around it. This image was purchased as part of a yearly subscription to iClipart and used with permission.

Let’s sew a gusset! — guest video by Morgan Donner for today’s #FridayFollow Feature

This week’s doll clothes sewing project was a cute little doll coat with a hood. The hood used a gusset, so I thought it would be a good idea to give you a little information about how gussets work. But why re-invent the wheel, when YouTube offers lots of great videos on various sewing techniques? Today’s video not only introduces a gusset, but it shows … Continue reading Let’s sew a gusset! — guest video by Morgan Donner for today’s #FridayFollow Feature

Where did the word “tulle” come from, and is it related to “tootle?” #FridayFollow @wayword

There’s a very thin fabric we sometimes use for doll clothes called “tulle.” In Idaho, where I live, we say this word like “tool” (like a hammer is a tool). In the video above, I explain the uses of tulle in making petticoats and tutus for doll clothes. Earlier this month, someone from Denmark left a comment below my “What Is Tulle?” video on YouTube, … Continue reading Where did the word “tulle” come from, and is it related to “tootle?” #FridayFollow @wayword

Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns and tutorials for making clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows the fabric of a doll's skirt trimmed in blue ric rac, which gives it a jagged, scalloped edge. The overlay says, "Ric rac questions answered" and offers the website: ChellyWood.com.

What is rickrack trim? And how do you #sew it onto #dollclothes?

  Two weeks ago I posted patterns and tutorials for making this adorable summer top to fit vintage Crissy dolls. (It fits a bunch of other dolls too. Click here to see a list of the dolls who can wear this pattern.) Then, rather foolishly, I included links to the tutorial for making this skirt: Of course my regular followers wanted to know more about … Continue reading What is rickrack trim? And how do you #sew it onto #dollclothes?

This image is the header for a youtube tutorial video that shows you how to make a minecraft character hacky sack or footbag or footsack toy using felt and sewing needle with thread. It's an easy project for kids who love minecraft toys. The pattern is offered as a free pdf printable sewing pattern.

#SewingBlogger Thursday: #MineCraft #HackySack sewing project w/FREE Pattern

This week’s sewing project isn’t a doll clothes tutorial; it’s a craft project. We’re going to make a miniature MineCraft character cube that you can stuff like a plushie or fill with rice or beans to form a hacky sack / footbag / foot sack. So here are all the patterns and tutorials you’ll need to make this week’s MineCraft hacky sack / footbag: Tutorial … Continue reading #SewingBlogger Thursday: #MineCraft #HackySack sewing project w/FREE Pattern

This YouTube video gives you basic instruction in how to do a baste stitch. It discusses how to baste stitch by hand, including how wide your baste stitches should be if you are pre-stitching before gathering a skirt for a doll dress. It also offers a brief suggestion for basting on a sewing machine, and how you should do some research to make sure your settings on your machine are correct for basting.

Sewing Basics: How to do a baste stitch before gathering when #sewing #dollclothes

This brief video explains the basics of basting. In this tutorial, you’ll learn approximately how far apart your baste stitches should be spaced when you’re sewing doll clothes. In addition to demonstrating the baste stitch when done by hand, it also talks about basting on a sewing machine. Remember that my patterns and tutorials are free under the Creative Commons Attribution mark, so if you’re … Continue reading Sewing Basics: How to do a baste stitch before gathering when #sewing #dollclothes